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Poster: dark.starz Date: Jun 3, 2011 6:18am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Donna's Paycheck

Making money didn't appear to be the driving force behind the Grateful Dead in the seventies, Bill Graham however was a different story.

The Dead were experts at losing money which drove several decisions regarding tours and record deals all of which was redefined in 1975 and early 1976 from the lessons of the "Wall". Weekly salaries were modest in those days, expenses on the road were provided and most additional coin was put back into the production, equipment etc.

When you consider the size and scale of Grateful Dead Productions and Bill Graham Presents in the 80's and 90's as the production grew so did the expenses from front office staff to road crew etc. so the democratic method was salary plus bonus unless you were lucky enough to have side projects or publishing royalties. The real money didn't arrive until after "Touch". It's amazing to consider how fast $50 Million gross dollars can be spent.

If you would care to support the Godchaux foundation there is a remastered version of Keith and Donna CD and Album available for a mere $64.95 from Vinyl Revolution.

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Jun 3, 2011 8:45am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Donna's Paycheck

Yea, the Dead were never about money....

Rock Scully:

Q. Was there a favorite aspect to managing the Grateful Dead?

A. I'd say establishing their publishing. In the old days, songs were three minutes long and artists got paid by number of tracks, not length of songs. We were first to record longer songs and got screwed on deals only paying for six to seven songs, instead of 12-14. So I spoke to [Monterey] Jazz Festival musicians, who told me they got paid per minute. I then renegotiated, making a state-of-the-art deal everyone copied.

"Quadlibet for Tender Feet" anyone? Ice-Nine indeed (RIP Kurt and Jerry)